Magazine posts category: Tunnel

A person on the track communicates by hand signal with a train driver
TunnelTrainingKnowledge

Why train drivers are grateful for a hand signal during firefighting operations

The International Fire Academy instructs: If a rail vehicle approaches the scene of the incident, the driver must be given a hand signal. Course participants frequently wonder whether this is really necessary. That is why we asked a train driver at the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) directly and got the answer: «Yes, it is extremely important. It helps us very much!». Find out why.

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TunnelTrainingKnowledge

Hydrogen vehicles in tunnels: great danger for emergency response personnel

Firefighters can protect themselves against smoke, heat and fire spurts, but not against the blast waves from explosions of hydrogen vehicles in tunnels. Therefore, it is vital to keep a safe distance. However, how can people be saved and fires be fought effectively? There is still no satisfactory answer to this question - although more and more hydrogen-powered vehicles are being registered. That is why the fire services need to work on suitable solutions immediately. This is the most important…

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Interschutz 2022: Expertise in tunnels and underground car parks in international demand

Postponed twice - then the Interschutz finally got underway again. We were able to build on our attendance in 2015 and reached our target audience in Hannover again this year: Fire service supervisors, builders of tunnel facilities and other contacts for preparing for operations in underground transport systems.

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Interschutz agenda: From consulting on tunnel projects to fire service training

The International Fire Academy is in a continuous learning process on the subject of tunnel operations. To this end, our employees are in contact with fire services, higher-level organisations and a wide range of experts. With the expertise we have acquired over more than 20 years, we would like to help visitors of the Interschutz at our stand A26 in hall 13 with all their questions about preparing for tunnel operations.

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TunnelTraining

Interschutz 2022: A lot of know-how on tunnel and underground car park operations at our exhibition stand

In 2015, the International Fire Academy attended the Interschutz for the first time. In 2022, it will be there again to use the fair for exchanges with fire service officers and instructors. In the run-up to the event, CEO Urs Kummer explains current developments. In the process it becomes clear: Those who visit us at the trade fair stand can benefit directly from the know-how of our experts.

Group picture of the participants of the 8th Fire Chief Forum in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
TunnelKnowledge

8th Fire Chief Forum: Gaining new knowledge on tunnel operations from research and operations

The 8th Fire Chief Forum placed emphasis on incident reports and covered a broad spectrum: two lorry fires in road tunnels, an underground metro fire, and two train fires, one on open track and the other one within a settlement. Social media and the usage of large mobile fans in deployments were two other topics from the practical side of firefighting operations. Looking beyond the world of fire services, the focus was on the behaviour of those caught up in an evacuation as well as special…

A fire and rescue train of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, consisting of three units.
TunnelTrainingInfrastructureKnowledge

Unique rescue apparatus with special technical features

At the beginning of 2019, the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway put two new fire and rescue trains into operation, each consisting of a combination of road-rail vehicles and rail-only vehicles. We visited Christian Imsand, the head of the Furka Base Tunnel Rescue Service, and Roland Guntern, the operations manager of the operational fire service, in Oberwald to learn more from them about this rescue apparatus, which is unique in some respects.

[Translate to English:] Stabsraum für den Lötschberg-Basistunnel mit Besprechungstisch und Funktionswesten über den Stuhllehnen
TunnelTrainingKnowledge

Fire service command structure for fire operations in tunnels: planned flexibility

During tactics training at the International Fire Academy, questions are repeatedly asked about command structure and tactical practice at the fire service's location. Therefore, in this article, we have once again compiled important information on command structures and also address the special challenge of operational communication, which, according to our experience, should be practised very intensively. 

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TunnelTrainingKnowledge

Optimising training: What does it really take to provoke operationally relevant experiences?

Because the detail lessons of reconnaissance, search & rescue and firefighting cannot be carried out in parallel in the railway training tunnel, a training concept for a maximum of 16 participants per standard railway course was initially developed. Thus, all lessons could be carried out in two days in the sense of experiential learning. However, one problem remained: Especially for the training drills, groups of up to 24 participants had proven themselves in all other courses of the…